The International Rescue Committee, one of the world’s largest humanitarian international NGOs, provides relief, rehabilitation and development support to vulnerable people and communities over 30 countries. We began work in Ethiopia in 2000 in response to severe drought in Ethiopia’s Somali region and are currently providing assistance to Ethiopians and refugees in six regions in Ethiopia, implementing emergency and development programs in health, water and sanitation, economic recovery, and development (ERD), women’s protection and empowerment, education, child protection, and multi-sectoral emergency response.
IRC is seeking an Education Officer a five – year Project, “PlayMatters”, funded by the LEGO Foundation. The Education officer will be a part of the larger PlayMatters initiative to increase play-based learning opportunities for nearly 1 million pre-primary and primary school aged refugee and host community children impacted by the humanitarian crises in East Africa and living in Ethiopia, Tanzania, and Uganda. This project strives to build children’s social, emotional, cognitive, physical, and creative skills through play in their homes, schools, and communities and will be implemented in partnership with War Child, Plan International, Ubongo, Behavioral Insights Team and Innovations for Poverty Action.
The Education officer will be responsible for ensuring that PlayMatters consortium and IRC staff identify, engage, and influence key education partners in Ethiopia responsible for and engaged in promoting learning outcomes for refugee and local children ages 3 to 12. This includes collaboration with government, UN and other humanitarian coordination decision makers, education implementing partners, and large-scale development initiatives to improve learning through play.
The Education officer will be co-managed by the Camp Manager and PlayMatters Education Manager at the field office level, with additional technical oversight from the country-level PlayMatters project team; Work closely with the camp-based education officers from RRS, SCI, WEO specialists/Experts, and other implementing partners to integrate Learning through Play (LtP) into existing preschool, primary school, Accelerated Learning Programs (ALP) and child-friendly space activities targeting children in refugee and Surrounding host community.
Major key Responsibilities:
- Assist in the mapping of existing teaching and learning materials being used in the refugee and host community schools/ learning institutions and identify energetic activities at community level against a framework to identify areas of integration, adaptation, and development of contents relevant to the context. - Engage with field level coordination leads, implementing partners, teachers, parents, community leaders and children through structured co-creation processes. - Support the delivery of trainings to preschool and primary school teachers, target parents and community leaders in collaboration with teacher education colleges and education staff, other education partners and key government counter parts using a cascade model. - Support in the development of samples and templates of content for teachers, parents, and children on LtP. - Update key messages and communications materials on play-based learning to reflect the Ethiopian context targeting refugees and host communities. - Support and oversee the implementation of LtP activities in refugee and host community schools and facilitate exchange of learning, reflections and experience sharing sessions. - Provide technical support through regular mentoring and coaching of ECCD facilitators and primary school teachers, parents, and communities on the use of LtP through closely working with education officers and assistants, cluster supervisors and school directors and community key leaders. - Supervise project implementation, track progress and achievements and produce quality reports accurately and timely basis. - Work closely with the Research and MEAL Officer to put in place mechanisms and processes for regular review of project data and learning. - Assist in the development/adaptation of assessment tools and producing detailed assessment reports. - Conduct school-based material need assessment, training/capacity building need assessment to support teachers to implement LtP strategies and practices. - Maintaining accurate and comprehensive files of project activities, outputs, materials, and other relevant documentation. - Work with the education manager to ensure the type of engagement in design and implementation necessary to achieve joint priorities and objectives of providing play-based learning opportunities for all children. - Execute and carried out additional assignments as per the request by supervisors and managers. - supervisor.
- Advanced degree from an accredited university in education management and planning, curriculum development, Sociology, Social Works, or Social Science related field. - Minimum of 2 years of experience implementing education programs, teacher training and parental education. - Proven track record of and knowledge of engaging with government, UN, and NGOs. - Demonstrated success in developing educational/training content and delivery. - Strong interpersonal skills, both oral and written. - Proficiency in English and local language is mandatory.
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